January 28, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Uri Treisman, an advocate for equity and excellence in education for all children, will speak on "Higher Education's Role in Strengthening K-12 Education," on Friday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Mellon Project on Teaching and Learning, Treisman's talk is free and open to the public.|

A 1992 MacArthur Fellow for his work on nurturing minority student high achievement in mathematics, Treisman is a professor of mathematics and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Black Issues In Higher Education has named Treisman an outstanding leader in higher education.

Treisman works with the National Research Council's efforts to develop a Strategic Education Research Partnership committed to finding and sharing the hard evidence that reformers will require to improve American educational achievement. A board member of the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education, Treisman chairs the Chancellor's Advisory Board for Mathematics in New York City and the steering committee of the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network. He also serves as the chief juror for a Department of Defense-sponsored study of mobility in military families and its effects on their children's education.

Treisman is active in creating support structures for volunteer-based and community based organizations. He served as the vice-chair of the Governor's Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service under Texas governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush.